They National Wildlife Federation (NWF) announces that the Hawaii Wildlife Center’s (HWC) native garden in Kapaau is now recognized as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site. The property attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other local animals by providing a wildlife-friendly landscape.
The Hawaii Wildlife Center vfd focuses on the protection of Hawaii’s native species through hands-on care, research and education and recognizes the connection between the heritage and culture of all native species, plant or animal, to the land.
The HWC native garden benefits many species of native insects and birds, plays an important role in uniting the cultural heritage with the mission of the HWC, brings community together to help native wildlife flourish and reawakens the connections to the customs and traditions of Hawaii. The garden was planted by local community members of all ages, many of whom still dedicate their time to help maintain it.
NWF began the Certified Wildlife Habitat program in 1973, and has since certified almost 150,000 habitats nationwide. The majority of these sites represent the hard work and commitment of individuals and families providing habitat near their homes, but NWF has also certified more than 3,000 schools and hundreds of business and community sites.
To find out more about the HWC, support HWC programs, or join the HWC volunteer ohana, please visit www.hawaiiwildlifecenter.org.